I would like to expand my jewelry line by adding gold to my silver.
I have had a lot of luck sweat soldering 20g brass pieces onto my 20g
silver and just love the effect and am now ready for gold ( partially
to satisfy the gold snobs out there plus I just want to try it).
Since gold is rather expensive and using 20g would probably be a
little over kill I would like to try a thinner guage, perhaps 28g or
30g if it is feesable. What problems might I have to deal with when
using gold or in this case a thinner gold? I had planned on using my
silver solder to sweat solder the pieces - any problems with that? I
had thought of using 14k but am also considering higher karats. I
don’t feel that the price would be that much different (in my
purchasing the gold) since I would be using small pieces to enhance
my designs. Plus if I use a higher karat I could justify the higher
price I would charge. Any difference working with different karats?
What do most buyers prefer? ( I have heard that the big buyers seem
to prefer 18k). My biggest concern is melting the gold before I
heat the silver up to temp. Any suggestions would greatly be
Elle (You all have been wonderful, love this site -
what a great lifeline!!!)